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Norled and Westcon Constructing Environmentally Friendly Ferries

Norwegian ferry company Norled and shipyard Westcon will be constructing two new environmentally friendly ferries, one being the world’s first car ferry sailing on hydrogen. The other ferry will be battery powered. They will have a capacity of 299 passengers and 80 cars, and will operate on the Hjelmeland - Skipavik - Nesvik route in Ryfylket from spring 2021. Norled and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration signed an agreement for the world’s first hydrogen-electric ferry after Norled won the contract.

The new hydrogen powered vessel is one of two new ships that are part of the European project Flagships. The EU granted EUR 5 million ($5.6 million) to Flagships to support deploying two zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vessels in Norway and France. Second vessel will be operated by Compagnie Fluvial de Transport in France, and will serve as a utility vessel on the river Rhone.


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